The BCCI on Saturday denied media reports that Deccan Chargers franchise has got a stay order against its termination from the IPL, saying that the matter would come up in the Bombay High Court on Monday.”It has been reported in some sections of the media that the Bombay High Court has stayed the termination of the Deccan Chargers Franchise, announced by the BCCI yesterday evening,” the Board said in a statement.”The BCCI would like to clarify that the counsels of both sides were present in Court at 10:30 am on Saturday, 15 September 2012. The Court heard both parties, and did not pass any order staying the termination. The matter has been placed for hearing on Monday, 17 September 2012,” it added.”The information that the termination of the franchise has been stayed is incorrect.”In a late night development on Friday, the BCCI terminated the Deccan Chargers contract, ending the suspense on the fate of the beleaguered franchise. The decision was taken at an emergency Governing Council meeting of the IPL in Chennai.”BCCI was compelled to hold an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing Council late on Friday evening to discuss certain developments due to the Deccan Chargers’ defaults,” Board secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a press release.BCCI had on Friday received a lawyers notice invoking arbitration from the franchise stating that it had not committed any breaches and even if such breaches were committed, the Board should not terminate the franchise till Yes Bank Ltd furnishes sufficient finance to cure the breaches.advertisementJagdale said the BCCI made every effort to save the beleaguered franchise which also rejected the sole bid that was received at the auction.Jagdale said the Governing Council took note of the sudden change of stance by the franchise and also the fact that any further extension of time would seriously jeopardies the interests of the players.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It ended a comeback by Keys, who didn’t quite find her range with her ground strokes and 34 unforced errors, including some very nears misses on big points.Both players reached the quarterfinals here last year, but Keys had more success at the majors in 2018 when she progressed to the semifinals at the French and U.S. Opens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was happy I could handle the pressure at 1-1 in the third set,” Svitolina said. “It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball. Very happy I could win that game.”Svitolina will next play U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka next. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Milos Raonic beats racket-wrecking Alexander Zverev to reach Australian Open QFs Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating United States’ Madison Keys during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.The WTA Finals winner fended off five breakpoints in a pivotal third game in the third set that went to deuce 11 times and lasted more than 15 minutes. She broke Keys’ serve at the first opportunity in the next game and finished off the match quickly.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi at an iftar party on Friday night. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after the feast.Biryani and kebabs are gastronomic delights whose mention is more important than the rising cases of gang rape and murder for Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi. This can be the only explanation for Qureshi brushing aside media queries on crime cases in the state, including the one in Lucknow in which the victim was tortured before being gang-raped and then murdered.”Did you taste the biryani? It was great. And kebab was also nice. Leave other things aside,” Qureshi said before walking past the cameras of television crews in Lucknow on Friday night. The UP governor made this comment after attending the roza iftar party hosted by Advocate General V. C. Mishra.The mediapersons had sought the response from Qureshi on the gang rape and murder of a lab technician of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. A mother of two children, the woman had failed to save her husband two years ago even after donating one of her kidneys.Originally from Gorakhpur, the widow was working to ensure good education to her 11-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her brutalised body was found inside a school in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area on Thursday. But these facts apparently didn’t evoke any empathy in Qureshi, a Congressman, who has recently developed tremendous proximity with the leaders of Samajwadi Party. Qureshi, who is also the Uttarakhand governor, has been given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementQureshi is not alone in making such insensitive comments as state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Narad Rai said crimes against women take place all over the country. “Such kinds of crime take place all over the country. I will pray to the God to give us strength to fight against the evils,” he said on Saturday. Sadly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav still appears to be supporting his son Akhilesh Yadav’s government. “Going by the population of the state, I must say that there are many states where the rate of crime is higher than UP. We cannot stop every crime in the state. I believe the women are most secure in UP,” he said.But the insensitive comments did not end there. G.P. Prajapati said in Amethi: “We cannot deploy a police officer for the protection of every woman in the state. After all, even the police are human.”As per a report from 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, more than 240 rape cases have taken place in the last three months. Meanwhile, the police claimed to have cracked the gang rape and murder case and arrested three persons. The police said one of the killers wanted to marry the victim. He along with his two friends committed the crime when she didn’t agree for marriage.
India will take on England in a five-match ODI series and a T20I from Aug 25India has named three uncapped players in a 17-man squad for the limited overs leg of its ongoing tour of England.Pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and leg-spinner Karn Sharma were picked Tuesday for a series of five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game to be played from August 25 to September 7.While Samson and Karn were picked for an India side for the first time, Kulkarni was part of the test squad for a tour of New Zealand in 2009 but did not get to play.The team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not include experienced players like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag as the selectors went for youth with an eye on next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Indian Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni(c), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma
Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came,Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came when the Indian team was in Patiala at a training camp, preparing for the Champions Trophy tournament to be held in June in Amsterdam, Holland. The star player’s departure came on the heels of centre-forward Sukhbir Singh Grewal’s decision to quit the international arena, and was followed by veteran winger Maharaj Kaushik’s retirement. Put together, the three goodbyes add up to the most damning indictment of the state of India’s national game in general and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) in particular.From a combination that could have once beaten the world, the Indian team has degenerated into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen – one observer feels that only fullback and penalty corner artist Rajinder Singh would find a place in a world first eleven, or even the first twenty.Dim Prospects: Taken against the larger shambles of what was once India’s only gold medal sport, the prospects of India’s “herd of cattle” at Amsterdam appears to be of academic interest. The tournament is restricted to the world’s top six teams and India managed to find a berth because it scraped to fifth place at the World Cup in Bombay.The IHF’S decision to field a string of new faces may not pay any dividends. Among the newcomers are Punjab inside-right Jagdeep Singh, Bombay centre-half J. Carvalho, Indian Airlines right-winger Jalaluddin and Services centre-half S. Bara. Surinder Singh Sodhi takes over as captain in place of Surjit Singh.advertisementGiving fresh players a chance is all very well, but it is doubtful whether the new look team would be able to contain marauders like Rick Charlesworth of Australia and Ties Kruize of Holland. And against a Pakistani forward line in full cry – Samiullah, Manzoor, Hassan Sardar, Hanif Khan, Kaleemullah – even the best back line can falter.Dictatorial: For this deplorable state of affairs, the blame lies not so much on the players but on the IHF which appears to be playing God. Said Surjit Singh: “We are pushed around at every stage, insulted and humiliated by those who know little hockey and understand none of the finer points of the game.” He also said that IHF President Indir Mohan Mahajan was dictatorial and liked only “yes-men”.In fact, Mahajan has been coming under fire for quite some time now, for the sacking of Bhaskaran, who led India to an Olympic gold medal in Moscow in 1980, for skipping important tournaments and for trouble-ridden training camps which resulted in a number of walk-outs by players for one reason or another.Last fortnight, the controversy over IHF affairs took a serious turn when the Secretary of the Rajasthan Hockey Association, Harnek Singh, alleged at a news conference that Mahajan had flagrantly flouted IHF rules and had not summoned the federation’s annual general meeting for two years despite repeated requests. There are also other allegations of financial irregularities. Says Mati Lal former IHF treasurer who resigned last fortnight: “None of these transactions form official accounts of the federation.”The players complain that even the meagre amount of foreign exchange they are entitled to on tours abroad is sometimes not forthcoming. A member of the Indian World Cup team says: “Hockey officials spend money like lords but we don’t get enough money for our expenses.”Another player who went to Europe says: “We used to get foreign exchange which was not enough even for our laundry charges. But our officials had enough foreign exchange for shopping.” Mahajan refused to comment, and said: “I will place my views in the executive meetings. I have nothing to hide. I can account for each and every paisa spent by me.”But the players who have done thankless duty for India are not very impressed. Says Surjit Singh: “If the present situation continues, there will be no good players in this country. Even now. with 685 million people, it is a matter of shame that we don-t have more than two players for each position.”He adds: “I would advise youngsters in India no’ to play hockey as there is no future in it. They should rather play cricket. I myself have spent a lifetime in hockey but have got nothing out of it. The politics in hockey has ruined it.” The stench can no longer be ignored.advertisement
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Matt McQuaid scored a career-high 27 points, Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute, and the Spartans rallied to beat No. 10 Michigan 65-60 in the Big Ten final on Sunday.Top-seeded Michigan State (28-6) scored the game’s final 10 points to capture its first championship since 2016. No other program has won the conference tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.“I asked them all today, ‘What do you want to do?’” Izzo said. “Pregame meal, ‘What do you want to do? You want to play for the (NCAA) Tournament or you want to play the game?’ That sounds like a stupid question, but if you knew where my guys were at as far as physically, it was a good question to ask. Once they said ‘We want to play the game,’ I said, ‘You just gave me a license for 40 minutes of hell, so you better get going because I’m not letting up.’” “They responded and I think they enjoyed it,” he continued. “So did I.”McQuaid nailed a personal-best seven 3-pointers. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 14 points and 11 assists as Michigan State won for the 10th time in 11 games.“It’s always big,” McQuaid said. “Michigan’s a really good team. Beating them three times … it’s hard to do.”Both teams were awarded No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and will play Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Michigan State faces Bradley in the East Region, while Michigan goes against Montana in the West. The Wolverines beat Montana last year on the way to the national championship game.Ignas Brazdeikas led Michigan with 19 points. Jordan Poole scored 13. Jon Teske had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Zavier Simpson added 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments But the third-seeded Wolverines fell again to Michigan State after blowing their chance to win the league by losing to their rivals twice in the final four regular-season games.“You lose three times in a season to your rival, it’s gonna hurt” Isaiah Livers said. “But we’ll use it as motivation for the NCAA Tournament. I’m glad we don’t have a week or two weeks to sit there and think about that last game. We can get right back to playing.”Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.The Wolverines were up 60-55 after Livers hit a 3 with 2:29 left, but they didn’t score again. McQuaid answered with one of his own to start the game-ending run and Xavier Tillman made a tying layup for Michigan State.After Simpson missed a 3 for Michigan, Winston drove to his left for a layup — which Teske thought he blocked — to put the Spartans on top 62-60 with 28 seconds left.Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. Teske and Tillman went up for the rebound, the ball got knocked out of bounds and the referees gave possession to Michigan State after a review as Michigan coach John Beilein screamed on the sideline.Henry made a free throw and missed the second, making it a three-point game. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston — Michigan State had a foul to give — just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.The Spartans’ Kenny Goins hit two free throws to make it 65-60 with two seconds left.AHRENS INJUREDMichigan State forward Kyle Ahrens was relieved X-rays showed his left ankle wasn’t broken after he was taken from the court on a stretcher in the first half, though the extent of the injury was not clear. Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid (20) celebrates after shooting a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Michigan in the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He got the answer he wanted, and the sixth-ranked Spartans picked up their sixth Big Ten Tournament championship.Now, they’ll try to bring home the biggest prize of all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He expects to have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.Ahrens landed awkwardly when he collided in midair with Goins going for a defensive rebound with 4:34 left in the first half.He clutched his lower left leg as he screamed in pain. Medical personnel placed an air cast on his leg and teammates gave him hugs before he was wheeled away, pounding his chest as he was taken to the back. He returned to the sideline on crutches in the second half.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game last year.Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down.UP NEXTMichigan: NCAA Tournament.Michigan State: NCAA Tournament. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
View comments it’s my first time to watch a game live. I mean, even on TV I don’t get to watch because contrary to what people think, I’m even busier now,” Tiu told reporters.“So I haven’t really been following.. watching the games. But I follow the news and I text with coach Caloy and some of the players every so often.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 33-year-old Tiu wears many hats but he still took time to support the Elasto Painters, the only franchise he played for in the PBA.And Rain or Shine made sure to greet Tiu the best way it can after it rolled past NorthPort to enter the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ateneo, La Salle add another chapter to storied rivalry Saturday Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I promised them I’d come and support. So Sunday was a perfect time because I didn’t have much to do. I told my kids and my wife that I’m just going to support the team and it’s a crucial quarterfinal match,” Tiu, who played six seasons in the PBA, said.“So I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to share this winning moment with them. Hopefully, they get through to the semis and make the finals and win the championship.”Tiu hopes Sunday won’t be the last time he shows up and catches the game live this conference.“As long as my schedule permits, why not?”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Chris Tiu was back in the PBA on Sunday three months after announcing his retirement from basketball.But it’s not the kind of return one would think of as Tiu was in street clothes and he sat behind his former team Rain or Shine’s bench at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
According to reports, Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch the second-gen Super Splendor and the new Splendor Pro to compete against the growing market of Honda, Bajaj and Yamaha. This move comes after most of the Hero Splendor bikes have started looking outdated and old. With the new models, the company is hoping to revive the market for the once popular Splendor and Passion bikes in the country.READ ALSO:Hero Xtreme Sports, Passion PRO launched in Madhya PradeshMore than the engine, the bikes will go for a more sleeker and stylish look. The front part of the bikes are expected to receive major make-over as the new bikes will come with new graphics, say reports. Moreover, the new bikes will receive options in the disc brake category, which was not available in the previous models, say reports.READ ALSO:Hero MotoCorp launch Xtreme Sports and Passion Pro in HyderabadThe engines of the two bikes will come with minimum tuning as the company will look for more power and better fuel efficiency in the Super Splendor. Moreover, Splendor Pro will also get some minor tuning to keep it in par with the current lot of bikes in the same segment, reports say.With the sales of Honda Activa on the rise, Hero MotoCorp needs to hit the right spot with the Super Splendor and Splendor Pro, if it wants to get back the number one spot in the charts.
Maria Sharapovaserena williamsSerena Williams vs Maria Sharapovaus open First Published: August 27, 2019, 7:19 AM IST New York: Serena Williams trounced old foe Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1 in their blockbuster first round clash at the US Open on Monday to get her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title off to a flying start.Williams, in her first U.S. Open match since her infamous row with the chair umpire overshadowed her loss in last year’s final, used her trademark power to overwhelm Sharapova in the first New York meeting between two of the sport’s biggest names. Eighth seed Williams showed no signs of the back spasms that forced her to retire in tears from the Toronto final two weeks ago and instead showcased some of her best on-court movement since returning from maternity leave in 2018.Williams, who last faced Sharapova at the 2016 Australian Open, improved to 20-2 in career meetings versus the Russian, who has fallen to 87th in the rankings amid an injury-hit 2019 season that included shoulder surgery in February.Next up for Williams will be American wildcard Catherine McNally, who beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-1 earlier on Monday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
New Delhi: Former I-League club United Sikkim FC on Sunday decided to shut shop to “focus on grassroots football” and avoid “conflict of interest” issues arising out of its founder Bhaichung Bhutia’s association with the state governing body of the game.Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung said in a statement that his club, founded in 2004, will be closed down after 15 years of existence during which it made it to the country top-tier I-League in 2012-13 season after winning the second division league. “This has been a very difficult decision for us to take. It is with great pain that we are announcing that United Sikkim Football Club will cease to exist from today,” the club said in the statement.”We have come to a decision to shut the club after 15 years of existence for two reasons majorly. Firstly, to focus on grassroot football and secondly, there has been a huge conflict of interest since both Bhaichung and Arjun are now part of the Sikkim Football Association,” the statement signed by Bhaichung read.United Sikkim FC played in the 2012-13 I-League but was relegated from next season. Since then, the club has been playing in the state premier division (S-League), winning four titles.”United Sikkim was formed in 2004 by three friends, Bhaichung Bhutia, Arjun Rai and Sherap Lepcha and turned into a professional club for a short period of time in 2011.”We were the first club from Sikkim and only the second from the Northeast to play in the I-League which was the highest league at that time. During that period, 14 to 18 local players were playing in the highest league in the country, compared to three or four players currently,” the club said.It said quite a few players were also sent for trials to different clubs in India.”Komal Thatal was sent to Kolkata by USFC to play the Manchester Cup, where he was selected for the U-14 Indian team academy. One of the biggest products of USFC is Sandesh Jhingan, currently Indian national team player.”Besides four state league titles, United Sikkim won the Independence Cup twice.It was the only club in India to have been sponsored by Nike in the I-League and by Lotto last year, the club statement said. Bhaichung Bhutiafootballindian footballUnited Sikkim FC First Published: September 22, 2019, 8:22 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Individuals from 109 countries across 83 sports committed anti-doping rule violations. File Photo of the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal – Reuters × SHARE SHARE EMAIL null Published on SHARE April 28, 2016 COMMENT Russia facing Rio Olympics, Paralympic ban 0 File Photo of the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal – Reuters Russia was the top drugs offender in 2014 accounting for 148 of the 1,693 doping violations recorded, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said.Athletics and bodybuilding were the worst offenders, accounting for more than 400 of the violations between them in WADA’s annual report for 2014.Russia, which could miss the Rio Olympics athletics because of a doping scandal, was followed by Italy (123), India (96), Belgium (91), France (91), Turkey (73), Australia (49), China (49), Brazil (46) and South Korea (43) as the top 10 offending countries.In total, individuals from 109 countries across 83 sports committed anti-doping rule violations.A total of 1,462 of the doping violations arose through adverse analytical findings in conventional drug tests, while 231 were uncovered through evidence-based intelligence such as evading or refusing to submit a sample.WADA Director General David Howman said the evidence-based violations highlighted “the increasing importance of non-analytical approaches to anti-doping.“The Report also reminds us of the importance of values-based education to prevention and risk minimization,” said Howman.Russia’s place at the top of the doping charts comes with the country battling to ensure its track and field athletes are allowed to compete in the Olympics in August.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is to rule in June on Russia’s participation in the Games amid calls for their athletes to be banned.Russian athletes were banned from competing internationally last year after an independent commission chaired by ex-WADA chief Dick Pound found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country.The commission report accused Russia of “sabotaging” the 2012 London Olympics by allowing the participation of several athletes with suspicious blood biological passport results.It also accused staff at Russia’s main anti-doping laboratory of “aiding and abetting” drug cheats. The Russian Sports Ministry was also accused of issuing orders to “manipulate particular samples.”WADA earlier this month revoked the Moscow laboratory’s accreditation due to “non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories and the related Technical Documents.” sport IOC chief urges total review of world anti-doping system COMMENTS RELATED
Shardul Thakur, the new face in Indian test team for West Indies tour. File Photo – The Hindu cricket Published on COMMENT Rookie Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur was the lone new face in India’s Test squad for the tour of West Indies, while a second-string team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was picked by the selectors for the limited-overs series in Zimbabwe, here today.The 24-year-old right-arm medium pacer was a surprise pick in the 17-member squad with the selectors reposing their faith in the line-up that had played the last Test series against South Africa at home.Thakur was rewarded for his consistent performance in the domestic cricket where he took 41 wickets in 11 matches for Mumbai at an average of 24.51. His best figures in an innings were six for 107.Varun Aaron, who was part of the team during the series against South Africa, was dropped with a fit-again Mohammed Shami returning to the squad which will have Ajinkya Rahane as its new vice-captain.All-rounder Stuart Binny retained his place in the team announced by new BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke following a meeting of the selection committee here.The team, to be led by Virat Kohli, also had no place for veterans such as Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh despite their decent performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The tour of West Indies comprises four Tests in mid-July but the exact dates for the series are yet to be formalised. “No one has been rested. No one wrote to BCCI or called us (to say) they were not available or they should be rested. It was the decision of the selection committee to pick a young side for Zimbabwe and another side for West Indies,” selection panel head Sandeep Patil told reporters.Kohli has been rested from the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, scheduled from June 11 to 20, along with Murali Vijay and Ashish Nehra, who is due to undergo a surgery.The selectors have opted to pick a completely new-look team for the tour of Zimbabwe with Vidharbha left-handed opener Faiz Fazal, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, Punjab middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh and IPL star Yuzvendra Chahal being the uncapped players in the side.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will captain the squad as he will be largely out of action due to India’s busy Test schedule this year.Squad for West Indies: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (v-c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhimaan Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.Squad for Zimbabwe: M S Dhoni (c), K L Rahul, Maneesh Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Mandeep Singh, Jaidev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal. M S Dhoni to lead in Zimbabwe Shardul Thakur, the new face in Indian test team for West Indies tour. File Photo – The Hindu COMMENTS May 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE ×
Lionel Messi surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s club goal scoring record as he scored two goals for Barcelona against La Liga opponents Real Valladolid on Tuesday. Messi also provided two assists in the match as Barcelona strolled to a 5-1 victory in a masterclass performance – in what was the Barcelona superstar’s mere fifth appearance in the league this season. The match saw defender Clement Lenglet open the scoring for Barca with a goal in the second minute of the game. Valladolid’s Kiko Olivas managed to bring Valladoid level in the 15th minute, but post that Messi stole the show.The unstoppable Messi teed up Arturo Vidal with a magical pass for the Chilean to put the hosts 2-1 in the 29th minute and followed it himself with a free kick that was whipped into the top corner that would have been out of reach for any goalkeeper. Watch the special goal here: Video does the talking 🙌🏻🔥 #Messi pic.twitter.com/NR0ehQ4hU6— Calvin (@CalHignett) October 29, 2019As it turns out, it was also the 50th direct free-kick scored by Messi in his professional career.The second half of the game saw Messi scoring his second and the match’s fourth goal, and Luis Suarex bagged a goal for himself as well, thanks to another Messi assist.With the two goals, Messi now has 608 goals for Barcelona, as opposed to Ronaldo’s 606 club goals.The Argentine has managed to take over the all-time club career goals tally despite playing 119 fewer games than his great Portuguese rival.”Leo showed all the quality he has, when he’s like that the team really feels it,” said Vidal. “We see him every day and he surprises us every day, with the quality he has, he’s from another planet. I have no words to talk about Leo, he’s from another world, everything he does, he does well.”With the win, Barcelona is now at the top of the La Liga point table with 22 points in 10 matches. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arturo Vidalbarcelonacristiano ronaldola liga First Published: October 30, 2019, 12:19 PM IST
Advertisement AdvertisementIndia have tried seven different batsmen at number 4 from Yuvraj Singh to KL Rahul to Manish Pandey to Dinesh Karthik but none of the players were impressive enough to cement their spot. With the World Cup only a few months away, Team India are placing their bets on Ambati Rayudu. The ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies presents the 33-year-old with a great opportunity to convince Virat and Company.Ambati Rayudu is confident of delivering for India in the middle-order.Talking about the expectations of the team, Rayudu, in the pre-match conference on Tuesday, said that the responsibility in the middle order does not “pressurise” him at all. “I don’t think it is new for me as I have been batting in the middle order for long. There is nothing new that they have asked me to do,” Rayudu said.Speaking on the his role in the World Cup 2019, Rayudu said that he preferred to stay in the present.“To be very honest, I am just focused on this series at the moment and not really thinking too far ahead,” he added.He was dropped from the Indian ODI squad headed for England earlier this year after failing the mandatory yo-yo test. “I have been working on my fitness right from my injury. I don’t think yo-yo test had any bearing on how I was preparing or how I was going about my fitness. Even now I am going to the NCA, there is a small pocket of free time for a week and I am happy that I cleared the test. “I think even before the IPL, it’s not that I was not in contention. It’s just that I had few injuries. IPL was good platform to come back strong, especially on my fitness.” In the two Tests as well as the only ODI played so far, the West Indies bowling attack was not able to challenge the Indian batting enough, something that has so far deprived the home team of a chance to test its middle-order ahead of the 2019 showpiece event.Asked about it, Rayudu did not read much into it.“Obviously it’s great that top three are doing so well for India. It’s a challenge for the middle order to always be ready to get in and bat. I am sure everybody is up for it, everybody knows the situation.“It’s just one game (the first ODI in Guwahati), I think they bowled really well and it’s just that Virat and Rohit batted brilliantly. They will pose a good challenge in the coming games,” he said.Ambati Rayudu made his debut in 2013 against Zimbawe. He is a complete package as he is someone who can play both spin and fast bowling with ease, and who can swing his bat and hit those big shots at the death overs something that was on display earlier in the IPL this year.
Two-time champion, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy progressed to the quarterfinals after registering straight-game victories in women’s singles and men’s singles events respectively at the USD 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.The Olympic bronze medallist saw off Kristina Gavnholt, world number 41 from Czech Republic, 21-18, 21-17 in a 34-minute pre-quarterfinal contest last night. The Indian will next take on seventh seed Japanese Sayaka Sato.Prannoy, seeded 13th, also prevailed over 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England, seeded sixth, 21-13, 21-18 to set up a clash with 16th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided that its chairman will be an independent one, who will be elected by a secret ballot in May and will not be allowed to hold any national or provincial position with any member board.”Following on from the February 2016 meeting decision to urgently re-establish the ‘independent’ position of ICC chairman, the board agreed that the election of the ICC chairman by the board will be held through a secret ballot in late May after all constitutional amendments have been approved by the full council in the coming weeks,” ICC said in a release on Monday.Currently, Shashank Manohar is the ICC chairman as well as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”The election process will be overseen by the ICC’s independent Audit Committee chairman and all present and past ICC directors will be eligible to contest the election.”However, candidates can only be nominated by a fellow ICC director who, in turn, will be allowed to provide no more than one nominee. Any nominee with the support of at least two full member ICC directors will be put forward as a candidate for election,” the release said.”The elected independent chairman will not be allowed to hold any national or provincial position with any member board,” it stated.It was also announced that a number of day/night Tests were being considered for the forthcoming year.”Members confirmed their support for day-night Tests and it was noted that a number of day/night Tests were being considered for the forthcoming year. It was reiterated that administrators must embrace innovation and understand the demands and expectations of the spectators and fans, keeping alive and growing interest in the traditional format of the game,” ICC said.advertisementThe cricket governing body also took a step closer towards potential participation in the Olympics and/or Commonwealth Games.”On cricket’s potential participation in the Olympics and/or Commonwealth Games, the ICC Board received an update from the management and agreed that further discussions were required with the Members and the other stakeholders, including the IOC and Commonwealth Games Federation before a final position could be adopted,” the release said.
The historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the country’s first pink-ball cricket match later this month.In an effort to test the pink cherry before India host New Zealand for a day-night Test later this year, the final of the Super League, a local tournament in Bengal, will be played with the pink Kookaburra ball.’SUPER LEAGUE FINAL AN EXPERIMENT’ Sourav Ganguly, the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, said the cricket world needed to embrace the change and carry on with more day-night Tests. He added that he expected the Super League final to help India host the floodlight Test successfully. (Also read: Ranji matches to played at neutral venues, Duleep’s zonal system scrapped) “Test cricket’s popularity has been steadily declining and we must do something to arrest the slide. The pink-ball Test in Australia last year received an overwhelmingly positive response and we must embrace the change,” Ganguly told the Indian Express.”The Super League final under lights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day-night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience,” he added.PREPARATION FOR FIRST DAY-NIGHT TEST Notably, the Duleep Trophy tournament will be played with pink balls under floodlights after the Ganguly-headed Technical Committee announced a major restructuring of domestic cricket in India.The committee which met in Bengaluru last month also said all matches would be played with Kookaburra balls and that a few other sports goods firms are also in discussions to manufacture pink balls for day-night games.advertisementNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) had also said it was receptive to the idea of playing a day-night Test in India if the trials conducted by the country satisfied the board.Mumbai is likely to be the venue for the first day-night Test in the country, according to the BCCI.ISSUES WITH THE PINK BALL BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said the objective of playing day-night Duleep Trophy matches was to see how the pink ball behaved under lights in sub-continental conditions.There were complaints that the pink ball wore out quickly and it became difficult to pick up for both batsmen and bowlers. During the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand, the ground staff had to add extra patches of grass to stop the ball from deteriorating quickly, which resulted in excessive movement under lights.CAB secretary Abhishek Dalmiya said the board has spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head to make the ball suitable to the conditions in the country.”Certain conditions are required for the pink ball to hold up for a substantial period. We have spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head and will follow the advice.”
Ambati Rayudu has always been used as a floater in India’s one-day international team, but the Hyderabad batsman has made best use of the opportunities that have come his way.Rayudu, 30, has scored 1055 runs from 33 ODIs at a staggering average of 50.23. His unbeaten knock of 62 in the first game against Zimbabwe made him the joint third fastest (along with skipper MS Dhoni – 33 innings) Indian to reach the 1000-run mark in one-dayers. Only Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Navjot Singh Sidhu have got to 1000 in fewer games. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win) Despite not being a regular in the side, Rayudu said he was happy with the way his career has progressed so far. After smashing an unbeaten 41 to guide India to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday, Rayudu said it was important for him to stay focussed. (Also read: When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India) “I am really happy with the way my one-day career has gone. Given the guys that we have in the team, somebody has to do the role that I am doing. It’s just important to stay focussed and take my opportunities when they come,” Rayudu said. (Also read: Dhoni defies logic by choosing Rayudu over Pandey at No. 3) ‘DON’T SET MYSELF ANY GOALS’Rayudu said he didn’t take the Zimbabwe tour lightly and trained hard to adapt to the conditions on offer. Notably, Rayudu made his debut at the Harare Sports Club in 2013 and smashed an unbeaten 63 in his maiden ODI innings.advertisement”For me, generally, it’s just about getting my batting in shape. Visualization is the key I think. I try to keep myself motivated and focussed. I prepare myself before a game as though I am going to play it. It doesn’t really matter what series it is, preparation is the same. I just just prepared the way I would for any series. I don’t set myself any goals,” he said.Rayudu said he was feeling confident about his batting and that he had worked on his game to suit the team’s needs. “I am happy with the way I am batting. Unfortunately, everybody couldn’t get a chance. You know the conditions well, but still it’s different every time. I haven’t really looked into the past. I have worked on my game and I am happy with that.”‘KEEN TO WIN LAST GAME’Asked if India are eyeing a whitewash now, he said, “I think when you put on this jersey, definitely, you need to go and do the job for your country, it doesn’t really matter whom you are playing against. I am sure everybody would be keen to win the last game.”It was a dominant performance yet again from the new-look Indian side whose bowlers first skittled the hosts for a lowly 126 in 34.3 overs and the batsmen hardly broke a sweat to get past the target in only 26.5 overs in the second ODI on Monday.